MLS Regular Season
Last Saturday’s 2-0 loss to San Jose extended what has proven a very tough five weeks for the Houston Dynamo.
After controlling the run of play in the first half, the Dynamo failed
to match the home team’s energy in the second 45, ultimately conceding
two gut-wrenching goals. Houston’s inability to sustain its first-half
play continues to be an Achilles heel for Dominic Kinnear’s men.
To those that know him best these days— his teammates and coaches on the Houston Dynamo — Will Bruin is the Dancing Bear.
The nickname is less a reference to his last name and more to the
6-foot-2, 195-pound rookie striker's combination of grace and
physicality. After recording the first goal of his hat trick against D.C. United on
April 29, Bruin’s celebration let the rest of the league in on the
team’s running joke.
Rivalries prosper for a number of reasons, but the best provocation is respect.
It has been six years since the Houston Dynamo left San Jose for
South Texas, but the feelings of admiration and respect are still
there. Players and coaches who moved to Houston with the team hold a
strong connection to the city they will visit with a matchup against the
Quakes on Saturday (9:30 p.m. CT, Galavisión, SportsTalk 790, La Ranchera 850).
at San Jose Earthquakes
Saturday, June 4, 9:30 p.m. CT
Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
All-time record: Series tied 3-3-1
SportsTalk 790 - 9:00 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 9:00 p.m.
Galavision - 9:30 p.m.
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The MLS season isn’t even three months old, and it’s already been an up-and-down ride for the Houston Dynamo.
After a red-hot, undefeated April, the Dynamo followed that up by finishing winless over six games in May. But while no Houston player or coach will tell you he is happy with the month the Dynamo had — because they are most definitely not — the sky is certainly not falling in Houston.
The Eastern Conference dominates the latest edition of
MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week, with eight of the 11 selections coming
from the top five teams in the conference. The Houston Dynamo and New York
Red Bulls lead the way with two players each, and the table-topping
Union showcase the reigning Player of the Week.
The top two clubs in the other conference rounded out the
numbers. A defender reps the LA Galaxy on the strength of two shutouts
while FC Dallas are showing they are contenders with or without MVP